Library plans children's Halloween events
Oct. 4, 2016 -- Salina Public Library invites children to bring their creative pumpkins to Youth Services and to stop by for a Halloween Open House.
Submissions for the Pumpkin Contest should be brought to the library by Oct. 26. The contest is open to children 18 and younger. Creativity is encouraged, but no carved pumpkins will be accepted. Two winners will be selected on Oct. 27. Entries can be collected Oct. 28-30.
On Oct. 28, a Halloween Open House will be in Youth Services from 2-5 p.m. There will be a mummy-themed craft, Halloween movies, and popcorn and candy. Children are welcome to wear their costumes.
South High Art Students to Display Work at Library
Sept. 28, 2016 – Students from Salina South High School will exhibit their work in Salina Public Library’s Gallery 708 from Oct. 1 through Nov. 4. A reception for the artists will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 7, in conjunction with Friday Night Live.
Work included in the exhibit will be drawings, Zentangles and wire sculptures. Students showing work are freshmen through seniors studying under Sarah Cradduck, Jessica Harris and Kurt Wolf.
The public is welcome to view the exhibit during library hours – 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
First Children’s Book Selected for Salina Reads
Sept. 26, 2016 – For the first time, Salina Public Library’s community-wide read program, Salina Reads, includes a children’s selection. Through the end of October, families are encouraged to read and discuss “The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window,” written by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Peter McCarty. Children are invited to submit questions to the author through Oct. 31 in the library’s Youth Services department. Gottesfeld will reply to questions via email.
“The Tree in the Courtyard” tells the story of Anne Frank from the perspective of the chestnut tree outside the attic where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis. A review in School Library Journal calls the book “a noteworthy and highly recommended introduction to a difficult and significant topic.”
This is the fourth year for Salina Reads, which occurs in September and October. Books are selected by committees which read a range of options. The adult selections for this year are “Digging to America” by Anne Tyler and “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Two books with a common theme selected for Salina Reads
Sept. 6, 2016 – For the fourth year of Salina Reads, a community-wide read program organized by Salina Public Library, two books covering similar themes have been selected. “Digging to America” by Anne Tyler and “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri both explore how immigration paints cultural identity in America. In September and October, the library encourages Salinans to read and discuss these novels. Book discussion kits are available at the library.
Several events have been scheduled in conjunction with Salina Reads including a screening of the 2006 film, “The Namesake,” rated PG-13. The movie, based on Lahiri’s novel, will be shown from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 10, at Salina Art Center Cinema. The screening is free and there will be concessions available for purchase.
The library and Kansas Wesleyan University will have public book discussions. The library’s discussion will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Technology Center Conference Room. Lori Berezovsky, the library’s Community Engagement Coordinator, will lead the discussion. KWU’s discuss will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Student Activity Center’s Brown Mezzanine. The discussion will be led by Dr. Damon Kraft, chair of KWU’s Department of English.
Additionally, the library will host Books & Bites, which will feature discussion of the books and international snacks. Long-time Community Learning and Skill Sharing instructor, Kamila Dandu, will prepare appetizers inspired by the novels. The public can choose to attend from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, or Thursday, Oct. 27. Registration is required and can be made on the library’s online calendar. Space is limited.
“Digging to America” and “The Namesake” are available for checkout in print, digital and audio format from the library. They are also for sale at Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe Ave., and Books-a-Million in Central Mall.